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Sem False Spirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' PP #16,336

Pronunciation: sor-BAY-ree-uh sor-bee-FOH-lee-uh
SKU #09475

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Description Vividly colored, pink to red, fern-like spring foliage turns chartreuse with bronze tips, then solid green as it matures on this hardy, compact shrub. Showy panicles of tiny, white flowers adorn the foliage in late spring. Superb in foundation plantings, or for accenting borders and raised beds. Works well on slopes. Deciduous.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring to Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Landscape Use Border, Container, Privacy Screen, Hillside
Design Ideas The highly textured bamboo-like appearance of this smaller shrub makes it a natural choice for Asian-inspired gardens or contemporary rock and gravel gardens. Because it thrives in lightly shaded, woodland settings, it blends wonderfully with the colorful leaves of Japanese Maples, Purple Nine Bark and similar shrubs and trees with deep coloration. Highly effective in larger spaces planted in bold, informal groupings where the swaths of glowing foliage is stunning.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Multicolored
Companion Plants Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Viburnum (Viburnum); Foxglove (Digitalis); Barberry (Berberis); Bergenia (Bergenia)
Care Provide well-drained, enriched soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring. Prune annually and remove root suckers to control size and spread.

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